Saturday, September 3, 2011

Brazilian Marinated Flank Steak with Chile Lime Sauce

This recipe is adapted from Rick Browne's 1,001 Best Grilling Recipes

Rick is the host of the PBS television show Barbecue America and the author of 8 books on barbecue. 1,001 Best Grilling Recipes features tried and true techniques, helpful hints, and key tips that is sure to make a grillmaster out of even the most inexperienced BBQ-er and I am giving away a copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher, Agate Surrey.

Brazilian Marinated Flank Steak with Chile Lime Sauce

1 flank steak, scored 1/8” deep at 1” intervals (drag a knife across in a criss-cross pattern)

½ cup onion, diced
¼ cup lime juice
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp oregano, fresh chopped
1 heaping tsp roasted garlic (substitute 3 cloves minced if you don't have roasted)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf

Spicy Salsa Verde
2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and chopped
½ onion, chopped
1 heaping tsp roasted garlic
½ tsp Kosher salt

Make ahead: Place the Salsa Verde ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it becomes a smooth paste. Refrigerate until an hour before use. (Note: I honestly doubted this simple salsa but it had a great flavor.  Alexis ended up topping her black beans and rice with it too and she doesn't like a lot of spicy heat.)

Mix all marinade ingredients together and marinate the steak for 4-6 hours.

Remove the steak from the marinade and wipe off the excess. Set up your grill for direct heat and preheat to 450f.

Grill about 4-5 minutes per side until the steak reaches an internal temp of 130f. I like to rotate them 90 degrees on each side for cross hatch marks.

Rest for 10 minutes. Slice thin across the grain and serve with the spicy salsa verde. 

We served it with black beans & rice and Plain Chicken's Brazilian Cheese Bread puffs.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Rick Browne about this book and here's what he had to say.

NibbleMeThis: 1,001 Best Grilling Recipes is quite a body of work. Did the large number of recipes needed to complete the book put extra pressure on you to produce or did you see it as the freedom to explore?

Rick Browne: No pressure, after 7 years of hosting Barbecue America on PBS and having collected recipes from all over the US and from 26 countries for that series, and being a confirmed BBQ foodie loved the chance to share a whole bunch of recipes.

NibbleMeThis: One of the things I noticed about this book is how the difficulty of the recipes varies from simple to complex. How did you go about ensuring such a good balance of recipes for a wide audience ranging from beginner to enthusiast to pitmaster?

Rick Browne: I wanted to make sure the beginner (ie: kids in or just out of college, older folks who have never barbecued) as well as the BBQ pros who compete in the major BBQ contests (American Royal, Memphis in May, Blues-Brews & BBQ, and Jack Daniels) had some new ideas for barbecue meals.

NibbleMeThis: How did your six year, 30,000 mile road trip influence your approach to writing 1,001 Best Grilling Recipes? Was a lot of it written on the road?

Rick Browne: None was written on the road, only took notes and over 10,000 images - then when I went to write my various books referred to those notes and those pictures to remind me of the delicious bbq I had sampled, and watched folks cook.

NibbleMeThis: You and your wife seem to be quite the team.  How is Kathy involved in your recipe development?

Rick Browne: She is my sous chef, prepping and cleaning up after my cooking demos, my travel companion and guide, navigator, and proofs all my writings for me.

NibbleMeThis: What's next for you? Already working on recipe 1,002?

Rick Browne: A book called A Century of Restaurants due out next Summer - where I've visited 100 of America's oldest restaurants (between 100-300 yrs. old) to document the finest of American cuisine and its historic roots. Have driven and flown over 40,000 miles for this, traveling to 46 states. Fully illustrated book with all of my photography, again having shot thousands of images from coast to coast and border to border.

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  1. Posted about the giveaway at

  2. Awesome looking plate Chris and I can imagine the salsa was indeed spicy. Nice job on the interview.

  3. I mentioned and linked on my blog

  4. I have a totally different image in my head regarding anything Brazilian. But you knew that, no?

    My husband would adore this dish;)

  5. I think this sounds delicious. We're such flank steak fans. I love his idea of documenting old restaurants. Hope I remember to look for it next summer. :)

  6. Tried to comment until computer gave up. Here I am. I'm not in for the giveaway as I don't grill. This steak however I think could be adapted for my stove top grill pan or the broiler.

  7. Interesting book! Can't wait to read it.

  8. Man that steak looks good! I don't do much flank steak, but will have to give this a try.

  9. I would love to be your neighbor, Chris. Just the aroma drifting over the back fence would keep me happy. Of course, I might occasionally show up uninvited as well.

    Question for you, does scoring the meat as described, allow the marinade to penetrate more fully? Or does that relate more to the way it cooks? I was under the impression that piercing meats released more or their juices. Is that just for chicken? Or does it only apply to meat when it has finished cooking? (How was that for proving my beginner status?)

    P.S. Donna's comment totally made me grin.

  10. what a great book, and a beautiful dish!

  11. The flank steak looks fantastic! I am going to try it. I am always looking for good beef recipes.

  12. Everything looks delicious! Great interview too. Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend :D

  13. I always forget about twitter - just tweeted the giveaway at!/MMSeaside

  14. Looks great and what an awesome topper with the salsa verde, good job...
    Thanks for sharing..

  15. Oh man... you know how much I love flank steak. This one is filled with fantastic flavors.

    Great interview and giveaway!

  16. Wow - that steak looks absolutely amazing!!

  17. What a great meal Chris and I love your interview. I think that might be your best photo yet.

  18. I have never tried Flank Steak, but after reading this, I am going to run to the store and buy one. Neat give away also.

  19. Chili Lime Sauce? Yes please! I'd like a vat of that with everything I'm going to burn/grill today. Oh, and I'd like the book, too, since it's for "older folks who have never barbequed" other words, ME! Oh, I'll send out a FB/tweet, too! Happy Labor Day! xo, Nan

  20. Great article about the Brazalian dish. 2 things I noticed. There are several places where 2-3 words run together. Not your normal perfection and I can not find out where to apply for the book. Don't do twitter or FB.
    Regards Richard Fl, BGE

  21. I love the barbque fellow Rick Browne, his bbq dish looks great, would love to win the recipe book so I could barbeque like a winner, yummee..from maryjane at we are having high temps, never had one day like the past day or week to come go figure, but will take it and barbeque up a storm, thanks for your blog and the giveway, maryjane

  22. Wow! 1000 recipes in one cookbook? How heavy is this thing? Haha. The flank steak looks perfectly cooked and the cheese puffs? I must have those!

  23. Chris, loved the recipe adaptation and the interview with Rick Browne! That book if chopped full of recipes- almost overwhelming! :)

  24. Now that is a book I must have. It just went on my Amazon wish list. I'm on vacation next week and have time to cook and this looks like a good start.

  25. Maybe next you'll get to interview that smug jackass who won "Food Network Star".
    (crossing fingers)

  26. Fantastic looking meal, Chris!
    Love the interview :)

  27. Yes I need 1000 more recipe ASA... GREG

  28. I just posted a link to the contest on my blog.

    I am stoked about the contest, and love good Brazilian Churrasco!

  29. Awesome Meal Idea. There is nothing better than Brazilian Black Beans and Cheese Bread. The steak looks awesome as well!

  30. Dang it why did I miss this giveaway?!?! oh well, your steak and chile lime sauce are gorgeous. Beautiful photos as always. Perfectly cooked steak with a nice spicy sauce. I'm in heaven.

  31. Is there supposed to be lime in the Chile Lime Sauce or just the marinade?

  32. @anonymous - Nope there was not any in the "chile-lime sauce" as written in the original recipe by Rick Browne. I thought it was odd at the time too, given the title of the recipe, but the taste worked out nicely.

    A Tbsp or two wouldn't hurt.


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